Tom Loftus of the Courier-Journal uncovers all kinds of campaign finance law breaking. From being reimbursed by cousins to giving cash to candidates they don’t know for who knows what reason, the gubernatorial election is wrought with money laundering.
Yep, Steve Henry is involved.
Chesney contributed $1,000 to Democrat Steve Beshear, even though he said of the gubernatorial candidate, “I don’t even know the guy.”
So why donate to a candidate he doesn’t know, in a state where he doesn’t live?
“I was reimbursed,” he said, by a cousin who is a Beshear supporter.
Note: Beshear is returning that contribution.
Here’s some Henry action:
Opal Hodges of London, is listed as giving $1,000 to Fletcher and $1,000 to Henry.
But Opal Hodges said in a phone interview she did not make the contributions.
“No I didn’t,” she said. “Look, I don’t know nothing about it.”
After she told a reporter that her daughter takes care of her money, a female voice in the background said, “Hang the damn phone up. That’s enough. You’re talking to a … reporter.”
Even more Henry dirt and juicy Ernie Fletcher tidbits:
Lauren Eggers, 21, of Somerset, is listed by Henry as making a $500 contribution and by Northup as giving $1,000. She declined comment.
Her mother, Elaine Eggers, and said she wondered how her daughter could afford to give so much money to political candidates.
“I think she was doing it for other people, to be honest with you,” Elaine Eggers said. “I didn’t know where she could get a hold of that kind of money. Because she’s a waitress, part time.”
Hannah Moses, 24, a factory worker from Williamsburg who is a friend of Amber Dufour, according to her personal Internet page on MySpace, is listed by Fletcher as giving $1,000. She also declined comment.
But her father, Michael Moses, was dubious about the contribution.
“I can’t believe that. Not my kid. Not a thousand dollars. Come on, she works in a factory,” Michael Moses said. “She doesn’t know the difference between a Democrat and a Republican.”
Interesting to note that “Dufour’s father, Phillip Dufour, and Hodges’ husband, Gordon Hodges, work for Elmo Greer & Sons, one of the largest highway contractors in the state.”
What’s going on here? Does this mean people like Steve Henry and Ernie Fletcher are illegally cultivating campaign contributions? I know for a fact (personally) that Steve Henry has done it. He’s under investigation and likely to be indicted soon. But Ernie? If he’s guilty he ought to be writing checks to return to those contributors ASAP.
And about Ernie: One has to wonder if these same individuals have contributed to his legal defense fund.
How can so many people suffer from the Steve Henry Syndrome?
Candidates: If you’re not screening the people raising your funds, screening your contributors and verifying every cent you raise– you need to close up shop and walk away right now. This is serious business. And don’t act like it’s too much work because it most certainly is not.
This is shameful. Evidence that we need campaign finance reform now more than ever.